Lanes Have Shifted
Traffic on the upper-level roadway at Baltimore-Washington International Airport will be shifted to two new lanes beginning today.
The previous roadway will become a sidewalk for Pier A, which is being extended by 12 gates for Southwest Airlines. If work is delayed because of inclement weather, the lane shift will occur Monday instead.
Meanwhile, all the upper-level lanes and the lower-level commercial-vehicle lanes will be closed from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday until Aug. 31. During that time, BWI buses, taxis and limousine service will operate from designated areas.
Pickup and drop-off areas will be on the lower level at Pier C and outside baggage claim areas 10 and 11 near the international terminal.
Airport officials are encouraging those picking up travelers late at night or during the early morning to use the 30 minutes of free parking at BWI's hourly garage.
Boarding Pass Change
In Effect for Southwest
Southwest Airlines passengers at BWI must obtain a boarding pass before going through security checkpoints. Previously, they could get passes at the gate.
Boarding passes will be issued at the skycap counter for curbside check-in, the ticket counter inside the terminal or at Southwest's self-serve kiosks before the Pier B security checkpoint.
This spring, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration is expected to require passengers for all airlines to obtain boarding passes before going through security.
Available at 3 Sites
Three new high-speed wireless Internet access sites have been installed by Wise Technologies at several food vendors at BWI to allow travelers to access e-mail and the Internet.
The service is available at CK's Lounge, between Piers B and C before the security checkpoints; the Beer Garden, on Pier C; and the University Lounge, on Pier D.
Travelers can purchase or borrow a wireless network card at each location. For more information, call 877-WISE-321.
Airlines are adding flights at BWI.
Beginning March 4, AirTran will launch round-trip service between BWI and Freeport International Airport on the Grand Bahama Island on a Boeing 717.
Southwest Airlines will begin daily nonstop round-trip service to San Jose beginning Sunday. It will also add flights to Austin, Phoenix, San Antonio and West Palm Beach, Fla., on April 6.
-- Compiled by Alicia Cypress